The other day we took the Steamship Authority Ferry across to Martha’s Vineyard. I have not been on the Island for many years and it has not changed much. We took a little walk around the Town of Oak Bluffs and right in the center is Wesleyan Grove. The grove is a 34 acre camp that began with the start of the Holiness Movement right after the American Civil War ended.
The Grove, also know as the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association is a gathering of Gingerbread Houses around a central Church or Tabernacle. Services are held each night during the summer. The houses have been in the same family for generations and very rarely come up for sale. You can however, rent them.
I am not sure how many of the present occupants still attend the meetings but it is a nice little bit of Old New England History to look back on.